California Consumer Protection Guide
Putting solar on your home is an important financial decision. Don’t sign a contract until you read this.
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You should be cautious...
If a solar provider claims that they can provide free solar energy.
If a solar provider is trying to convince you, you will never have to pay any electricity bill once you install the solar system.
If your service provider is trying to rush you to sign the contract without giving you enough time to read and review what you are signing
The Truth About Solar...
Solar energy is rarely free and an honest service provider will be upfront about all the costs you will pay over time.
Even after you go solar, you sometimes pay a small electricity bill every month and a larger bill at the end of the 12 month cycle.
California law requires a salesperson to show the contract terms to the customer, before they sign.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Make sure to ask...
If there is any down payment, how much you would be paying every month and when are the payments expected to increase and by how much.
The lender about the interest rate, the annual percentage rate (APR) and a contact person whom you can connect with in case you have any questions about the loan payments.
COVER ALL YOUR BASES
In case you are planning to sell your house, you should know your options and what do you need to do. In the event you decide to sell your home, your solar provider or lender should provide you with your options.
Make sure you check with your service provider about the timelines, the start and finish date for installing the system. Once the installation is complete, how long will it take for your electricity provider to send you a written approval to turn your system on. Make sure you are provided accurate timelines for your solar installation and system turn on."
If you install and own a solar system by the end of 2019, there is a 30% federal tax credit available. The tax credit will drop to 26% for systems installed in 2020 and 22% for those installed in 2021. Find out more!